Archive for July, 2011

Fun on River Scheduled July 30 2011

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The dragon boats are coming back to Rocketts Landing on Richmond’s James River.

Join the excitement July 30 at Rockett's Landing, 5000 Old Osborne Turnpike, Richmond, VA

Dragon boats are huge, decorated, megacanoes staffed by 20 synchronized paddlers (hopefully they are synchronized!), one drummer, and one steering person.  Races start at 8 AM and the dragon boats race 500 meters up the river. There’s entertainment, food vendors, all sorts of fun. The dragon boats are staffed by clubs from all over the midatlantic region, groups from businesses and corporations, sororities, fraternities, and just plain ole friends and last year 30 teams competed.

More Information and to sign up a team!  Bring a chair, sit on the banks of the James and watch the racers! Festival should end around 4 PM.

Ducks Waiting for the Race July 30

Just up the river at 3 PM at Tredegar and South Seventh Streets, watch the duck drop that benefits the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities.  This is the 22nd Annual Duck Race and there are 12 prizes this year; the top prize is a 2011 Nissan Versa!  To buy one duck to enter the race is only $6 and packages range all the way up to $250 Gold Duck Backer that includes 52 duck entries, a 2011 t-shirt, souvenir rubber duck to take home, 2 VIP passes for event day and 2 tickets to Bow-Tie Cinemas Movieland Complex.  Duck Sales.

Starting at 11 AM on Brown’s Island, you’ll find  a free, family event with inflatables, characters, rock walls, vendors, free snow cones provided by Captain D’s.

Saturday July 30 2011 the James River in downtown Richmond is the center of attraction for fun and excitement. If you’re coming from out of town, you might want to consider Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast, located in the historic Fan District, 1 mile west of downtown, for a weekend stay. You’ll kick off your day with a hearty gourmet breakfast to stick to your ribs throughout all the fun.

Purple Martins are Back!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

As dusk settles in Shockoe Bottom, an unusual flock of purple martins interrupt their migration to Brazil for a stopover for much of July and August.

Flock of Purple Martins

Their “hotel” of choice is the line of Bradford Pear trees just north of the market. The National Audubon Society is offering free walks and insight into purple martins on Wednesday, July 20, Sunday July 24, Wednesday July 27, and Sunday July 31. Gather at the north corner of the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, at north 17th street, just north of East Main Street. Be there at 7:30 PM!

The “Gone to the Birds” Festival will be held August 6, 2011 from 6 to 9 PM with its purple gelato and take home a gourd to house Martins in your own yard. This is the only urban bird festival where onlookers can experience the phenomenon of Purple Martins rushing to roost in the heart of the city!

Learn more about purple martins! Some of the restaurants around the market will even feature a purple martini!

Shockoe Tomato Festival July 23

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

On Saturday, July 23, 2011, the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, located at 100 North 17th Street, Richmond, Virginia, will host the 10th Annual Tomato festival.

All things tomato at the 10th Annual Shockoe Tomato Festival July 23

Hours are between 11 AM and 4 PM and will feature live music and entertainment, kids stuff, and markets vendors with tomatoes of every shape, size, and color. You’ll find fried green tomatoes, BLT’s, tomato sandwiches, and, yes! even tomato fudge!  You’ll find the market at the corner of 17th Street and East Main; best of all, the event has no admission fees – but take along your wallet so that you can taste the best tomatoes any way you want them!


A Touch of France in Richmond, VA

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

What does a Francophile or a group of Francophiles do to celebrate Bastille Day in Richmond, Virginia? How about dinner at a French restaurant, perhaps Can Can Brasserie located in Carytown? Kick off the meal with a Kir Royale, shared appetizers of mussels, pate, and other delectable munchies. Switch beverages to rose (a summertime favorite) or to red wine and dinner of choice off the menu. Followed by sharing scrumptious desserts.

Dancing the can can at Can Can Brasserie on Bastille Day

At eight o’clock these delightful young women appear and  – it’s the can can danced on the bar!

Check out the video –  Viva La France!

Groovin in the Garden with Emmylou Harris July 20

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens will host Emmylou Harris on Wednesday July 20, 2011 as part of their Groovin’ in the Garden series.

Emmylou Harris at Groovin' in the Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens on July 20, 2011

Emmylou Harris, a 12-time Grammy winner, celebrated as an interpreter of other artists’ songs, has garnered accolades for her eloquent songwriting and for her incomparable vocals. Few performers have achieved honesty in their work or revealed such maturity in their writing. Her latest album, “Hard Bargain” contains 11 original songs including one recounting a violent, headline-making story from the civil rights era, and another about a black lab mix named Bella. Harris runs a dog shelter on her property called Bonaparte’s Retreat. Don’t miss this concert – full of life’s wisdom and beautiful music. Tickets.